Fort Fisher to Host V-J (Victory over Japan) Day Program Sept. 5-6

KURE BEACH, NC Sept. 3, 2015 – Highlighting more than just its Civil War history, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will commemorate “VJ (Victory over Japan) Day,” with a free, two-day program Sept. 5-6. VJ Day generally refers to Sept. 2, 1945, when the official surrender document was signed, effectively […]

N.C. 4th of July Festival Issues Invitation to WW II Veterans

SOUTHPORT, NC June 8, 2014 –    The 70th Anniversary of D –Day has the world focusing on honoring those who served in World War II and the N.C. 4th of July Festival is no exception.   This year’s parade on Friday, July 4th will be marshaled by BMCS A. Mark Kannan, […]

William C. Lee, Maverick and “Father of the Airborne”

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 5, 2014 – On February 5, 1944, William Carey Lee, the “Father of the Airborne,” suffered a heart attack that ended his military career. Born in Dunn in 1895, he volunteered for the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he remained in the […]

Grand Strand Heroes

CELEBRATING WWII VETERANS MYRTLE BEACH, SC December 26, 2013 – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are planning to honor local World War II veterans during the 2014 season with a project called Grand Strand Heroes. Though the project is still in its infancy, plans include the creation of videos highlighting the […]

Flying Ace George Preddy, Christmas Casualty

RALEIGH, NC December 25, 2013 – On December 25, 1944, Greensboro native George E. Preddy Jr., the top P-51 Mustang ace during World War II, was shot down by friendly ground fire. Preddy was a barnstormer pilot before the war. He tried three times to become a naval pilot but […]